A Craftsman at work


Wensleydale Chair

David Mawdsley’s furniture designs are inspired by the grain patterns in the carefully selected pieces of solid hardwood. Each piece of wood chosen has its own natural characteristics. The Wensleydale Chair shown above is made from English Oak and Burr Oak. The seat is carefully sculpted from one solid piece, using a travisher, and the marks left by this tool can be seen. Through joints with wedge detail are a decorative and structurally sound feature of his work.

David is also working in collaboration with Stephanie Mawdsley in exploring ways of incorporating textiles into their work without using traditional upholstery techniques. The textiles produced by Stephanie are a combination of hand and machine embroidery techniques. In addition to making pieces of furniture, this collaboration has resulted in exploration of sculptural forms – some of these are purely decorative, but many serve a functional purpose too. This collaboration now strongly influences David’s furniture design.

Hand made using a travisher

Hand made using a travisher

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